Rebel Without a Pause: Comedian Reno Recounts Her Days After the September 11th Attacks

May 03, 2002


Rebel Without a Pause–that’s the name of the New York comedian Reno’s new act.

Her own website explains: "An opinionated alternative comedian who creates heavily improvised topical monologues with wit, political consciousness and common sense. Reno was awakened on September 11th by the impact of the first plane crash, just blocks from her loft. She became the first artist to publicly exorcise her conflicted experiences, with audiences looking for words to describe their own confusion."

Before Rebel Without a Pause, Reno had been wrestling with a monologue about "that other religious militant group"–fundamentalist Christians.

Before that, Reno produced, directed and starred in a TV show called Citizen Reno, which aired on Bravo.

She won a Cable Ace nomination for the adaptation for HBO of her off-Broadway hit Reno in Rage and Rehab.

Two days ago Reno was nominated for the Drama Desk Award. She joins us now in our firehouse studio.


  • Reno, activist and comedian.

Related link:


  • Hold On Hope–Guided By Voices.